September 26's Fact of the Day

The 1990s marked an increase in hate crimes towards Asian Americans. According to the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (NAPALC), anti-Asian incidents between 1998 and 1999 increased by 13-percent with South Asians as the most targeted victims and consisted mainly incidents related to vandalism. However, with the September 11, 2001 attacks, South Asians, particularly Sikhs, became associated with terrorism and hate. In 2001 alone, studies reported 507 bias-motivated hate crimes against Asian Americans with not only vandalism, but threats, arson, and assault with firearms, baseball bats, and metal poles, putting many people’s lives in danger.